plowing Match funds support food banks and hospices
Jessica’s House was recently given $20,000 to help them provide quality care at the end of life’s journey. (Submitted photos)
In 2012 Huron County Plowing enthusiasts planted the seed of hosting the 100th plowing match in 2017 to help celebrate Huron County and Canada’s 150th birthday. Once planted, active participation surged through the lead up years with the contribution of time, talent and resources. The residents of Huron now have the opportunity to reap the benefit of IPM 2017s many successes.
The vision and core values that guided the IPM 2017 group included hosting an entertaining and educational event for all ages that focused on the agricultural, cultural and tourism sectors. One emphasis was to showcase the County to encourage visitors to return to visit, live or work in Huron. Connecting the communities and citizens within Huron County through involvement and volunteering was evident as community minded residents rose to the occasion.
It is rewarding for IPM 2017 to now be giving back to the residents of Huron County. In 2019, four separate non-profit organizations that will touch the lives of Huron County residents in one way or another have been identified to receive a one-time donation. These organizations are the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre, Jessica’s House and the Huron Residential Hospice and the Oncology Department Kitchenette at the Wingham and District Hospital.
The Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre recently received $20,000 to fund a new delivery van from IPM 2019.
The Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre which helps to make hunger non-existent in the community will receive $20,000 to fund a new delivery van. This service vehicle will transport volunteers and food to towns and villages that don’t currently have a food bank, transfer supplies for soup kitchens and give opportunity for volunteers to go to communities and provide cooking classes.
Jessica’s House and Huron Residential Hospice will each receive $20,000 to help them provide quality care at the end of life’s journey. In addition, the hospices were the recipients of the collection from the IPM 2017 Worship Service ($5,600) and a bench to place at each home.
The Oncology Department Kitchenette at the Wingham and District Hospital will receive $20,000 so nourishment for cancer patients and family members can be provided in this space. This clinic provides specialized cancer care close to home and services Huron and Bruce Counties.
IPM 2017 is a powerful story of an initial vision realized through partnerships, innovation, sourcing solutions, collaborative efforts, and community engagement. The final chapter ends with financial success to share for years to come. This legacy will live on well into the future.
Staging OUr histories to present a Night of diversity
Staging Our Histories presents “New Histories/Old Roots”, a night of diverse live performances that present histories both close-to-home and a world away live at The Livery in Goderich on March 23.
Artists composite for New Histories/Old Roots with logo designed and beaded by artist Meagan Barnhart. (Submitted photos)
The featured artists are:
• Donna Penrose and Ted McGee will tell the story of a First World War soldier through his letters from the front to his sweetheart at home near Whitechurch, ON in “The Tom and Gertie Letters Project”
• The London Ontario based Warrior Womyn of Positive Drum will represent “different Nations, paths and ages” brought together by song
• Artist Smriti Mehra, of Bangalore, India will remember her grandmother and “the deep imprints of those closest to her” in the short film “like Dadima”
• Prof. Hank Greenspan, of Michigan, will share powerful theatre based on his decades of interviews with Holocaust survivors in “REMNANTS”
This unique night of performances will be hosted by local historian David Yates starting at 6:30 p.m. It will feature audience talk-backs with the artists. Tickets are available on Eventbrite or at The Livery box office.
Soldier Tom Penhale, of near Whitechurch, circa 1917.
Volunteer Co-directors Arpita Bajpeyi and Sinead Cox began Staging Our Histories with co-founder Marie Anne Gagnon upon graduation from Carleton’s Public History Master’s program in 2015, seeking to create a platform for the kinds of stories they didn’t see in prominent written narratives. Bajpeyi and Cox both now have day jobs in the history field and live in different communities but continue to believe in Staging Our Histories’ mandate. The non-profit’s mission is to provide a platform for alternative, respectful, non-appropriative ways of knowing and sharing diverse histories to change assumptions about whose histories we accept and whose we dismiss because of the way they are told. In partnership with artists, they have organized previous performances and workshops in Ottawa and Goderich, Canada, as well as Bangalore and Ahmedabad, India.
New Histories/Old Roots is supported by the Huron Arts and Heritage Fund, ActiveHistory.ca and the Carleton Centre for Public History. Find out more at stagingourhistories.com.
Toast the Coast unites artists from opposite ends of the lake
There are 3,888 KMs of Huron coastline in Canada, and the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation (LHCCC) cares for them all. Volunteers monitor and report findings weekly, constructing a database which is interpreted by the experts and shared with the people – citizens, students, governments, corporate leaders – to promote Best Practice for the future of Huron.
It’s a lot of work, and it’s worth it. The integral role of our Great Lake to all of life cannot be overstated. And so, it’s time to say thank-you.
Bethany Ann Davidson, showing plastic beads found on the beach, is organizing an artist exhibition for Toast the Coast coming this May. (Submitted photos)
LHCCC Executive Director Erinn Lawrie imagined an artistic tribute but didn’t know whom to approach. Bethany Ann Davidson, who grew up in Blind River, ON along the North Channel of Lake Huron and now dwells in Goderich, was facing the opposite problem: lacking the time and place, she had a dozen fellow artists eager to form a coastal-themed exhibition. It was the natural progression of Davidson’s broken-glass wave art she’d been designing to support the LHCCC through WorldRooted: the Art Project for People.
Broken-glass wave by Bethany Ann Davidson.
The result is “Toast the Coast” an evening of art, science, cocktails and jazz at Beach Street Station in Goderich on Saturday, May 4.
Artist Justine Goulet is one of the artists taking part in an art exhibition in support of the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation.
One of the artists to be featured at the evening turned out to be a kindred spirit Davidson had never met. Justine Goulet is from Camlachie, ON at the very opposite end of the Lake. She might have obtained a Masters of Philosophy in Performance Art from Trinity at Dublin, Ireland; but when Lake Huron called her home, she answered. Goulet has since founded Lake Life Studio to sell her glasswork wares and begun donating a portion of garment sales to the LHCCC. She spends most of her free time just beyond the dunes.
Those dunes comprise 25 per cent of Huron’s Southeastern shoreline, from Sarnia to Tobermory, but only two to three per cent of the entire coastline. They’re an entirely different ecosystem from what Davidson had known, swimming and playing across from the largest freshwater island in the world, Manitoulin.
“We called it ‘wave knocking’, and it was our favorite thing to do whenever the wind picked up: jumping into the waves and letting them smash us around a bit,” said Davidson. “They were never very big, though. I guess that had to do with the Channel being narrowed by the Island, and the lake’s kinetic energy being absorbed by all those craggy shores. Moving to Goderich – seeing the bluffs and gullies for the first time – was a bit heart-stopping. You know they’re working their way downward; you just wonder how long it will take. It filled me with questions. The Coastal Centre works to answer them.”
Glass map of Lake Huron and vase by Justine Goulet.
For example: eroding bluffs contribute the sands that form dunes at other shore locations as materials are washed into the lake, carried by long-shore currents and deposited as beach materials. American Beach Grass, the most common dune grass, can grow roots up to 3 metres long, stabilizing the sand and preventing erosion.
Does this whet your appetite? Tickets to Toast the Coast are available now at www.lakehuron.ca/toast, Beach Street Station, or the LHCCC office at 76 Courthouse Square in Goderich. People can follow the artists’ progress on Facebook and Instagram by searching #carriedtothecoast. Art can be purchased at www.bethanyann.ca where 25 per cent of sales will benefit the LHCCC.
horticultuRal society - clinton
It may still be rather wintery outside but spring will be here soon so it is appropriate that the Clinton Horticultural Society will present "Attracting Song Birds to Your Backyard" with guest speaker Steve Jenkins, of Porter’s Hill Birdseed Co. in Bayfield, at their meeting on March 20.
The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Clinton OMAFRA office, rear entrance, 100 Don Street Clinton. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Back by popular demand! Celebrate our community's youth and women in business at an event designed to inspire and empower.
Stop by The Livery Theatre in Goderich on March 21st to enjoy savory, artisanal soup provided by Sweet Love Eats, and hear community participants in two great pitch events!
First, watch young entrepreneurs, in Grades 4 to 8, present one-minute pitches on their big business idea, from dog-walking services to creating world peace. Next up, listen to local women entrepreneurs present their pitch ideas at S.O.U.P. (Shout Out Your Unique Pitch). Vote for your favorite pitches to help them win funds to start or grow their business.
The timeline for the evening is as follows: 6 p.m., enjoy artisanal soup and networking;
7 p.m., Be Your Own Boss, Kids' Pitch Competition; and 8 p.m., S.O.U.P., Women's Pitch Competition.
Tickets are $7 at the door or $6 if you bring your own mug!
For more information, email EconomicDevelopment@HuronCounty.ca.
The office of the Municipality of Bluewater Council has submitted the following to the Bayfield Breeze as highlights of their regular meeting of council held on March 4.
• Regarding the Lakeshore Collection and Sewage Plant Costs, directed staff to examine properties that are non-serviceable and establish an appeal process for properties with non-serviceable lots, and exempt those properties from By-law 108-2018 Being a By-law with respect to a Capital Charge for Sewage Works under Section 391 of the Municipal Act, 2001
• Adopted By-law 17-2019, Being a By-law to Adopt the Code of Conduct for Members of Council, Committees and Local Boards
• Approved in principle the 2019 Strategic Goal Action Plans as developed by staff, and that any expenses be included in the 2019 Budget for approval
• Authorized the Municipality to enter into an agreement with Hoffman PTL for Cemetery Interment Services
• Supported the appointment of Dave Frayne as representative on the Source Protection Committee
• Endorsed and supported the resolution of the Municipality of South Huron, passed on Feb. 4, 2019 regarding the request that Huron County Council consider deferring a new administration building until feedback is received from the Provincial Governance Review
win this space
Successfully launched in 2015 by Economic Development Officer for Huron East, Jan Hawley, the program, “Win this Space” has seen over 30 entrepreneurs mentored in developing a viable business plan. The cherry on the top, of course, is that contestants have the opportunity to win a grand prize valued at over $10,000. The cash is toward rent for the first year but winners also receive a package of supplies and services donated by various sponsors.
The program originated in the Town of Uxbridge, east of Toronto and Hawley brought it to Huron County where it was successful beyond expectations. Delivered in Seaforth (2015), Vanastra (2016) and Brussels (2017), it is now being delivered in both Wingham, entitled, “In It To Win It” and Clinton.
Once participants have completed the compulsory training and submitted a business plan, complete with a cash flow projection, a panel of judges will select five contestants for a Dragons’ Den type of presentation. They have 10-15 minutes each to persuade judges their business idea deserves to win.
This program is designed to fill store fronts in the main core, but in Central Huron, organizers are also encouraging contestants to apply for empty spaces in the municipality’s hamlets – Londesboro, Holmesville and Auburn. Another twist to the Central Huron program is the plan to also provide a package of services to a runner-up. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Community Improvement Coordinator (CIC), Angela Smith at 519 482-3997 Ext. 1228 for details. The registration process is quite simple. Interested participants should let Smith know of their interest in participating and provide some details of their business idea. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 22 at 4 p.m. and the launch is planned for March 29 at the Clinton Town Hall. The finale, the Dragons’ Den style competition, is currently scheduled for Friday, May 17.
Successfully launched in 2015 by Economic Development Officer for Huron East, Jan Hawley (left), the program, “Win this Space” is being offered in Central Huron this Spring. This is an economic development initiative, designed to attract new entrepreneurs to the town core. The program focus is on business training. In the first three programs, as well as the current one in Clinton, training was provided by Alison Lobb, Business consultant (right). (Submitted photo)
There are a number of attractive sites in Clinton and event organizers encourage potential entrepreneurs to note the Win This Space signage in several of the store fronts. The CIC has details about the rental rate and space details. Community Futures Huron and the County of Huron have both been generous sponsors of the program throughout and organizers are grateful for their support. Often the local Business Improvement Associations (BIAs) are involved but it is the local area sponsors who flesh out the prize packages. And, the first sponsor was Hawley, who generously supplied her expertise, along with various program materials.
This is an economic development initiative, designed to attract new entrepreneurs to the town core. The program focus is on business training. Participants are obliged to attend a series of training workshops where they are assisted in developing a detailed business plan. In the first three programs, as well as the current one in Clinton, training was provided by Alison Lobb, Business consultant, and consisted of four sessions. The first detailed development of a written business plan; the second dealt with marketing and promotions; and the third concentrated on the financial aspects of running a business. The final session varied depending on the needs of the current group.
The public are encouraged to attend the Finale on May 17 and cheer on the competitors. After all, this program is also an opportunity to feature our municipality and especially the main street businesses to show that Central Huron is a great place to work, play or conduct business.
Life Long Learners
Life Long Learners is coming to Bayfield and to create a chapter experts, teachers, instructors, professors or people with PHDs on interesting or academic subjects are now being sought.
People who are retired, or semi-retired, and would love to continue to teach/share their expertise with others are needed.
Life Long Learners is very popular in local communities including Grand Bend and Waterloo as well as further afield in such states as Florida, due to the condensed nature of the baby boomer population in these areas, who enjoy stimulating learning.
Professionals interested in sharing their knowledge, in lecture form, with other retired or curious people would be perfect for the program. This series is not intended to be a “hands on” or “learn to” experience, but rather a stimulating classroom/academic “lecture-with-discussion” style with an accompanying Power Point Presentation.
Anyone with experience in teaching Arts, Architecture, Business, Science, Design, Psychology, Medicine, Climate/Nature, Technology, History, Travel, Music, Literature, Politics, Archaeology, Photography, Oceanography, Engineering, Animals, Law, or any other subject that may be of interest to others is asked to contact Leslee Squirrell, Designer/ Professor/Entrepreneur/Artist at Leslee@lsqbydesign.ca.
She will facilitate a meeting to discuss the concept, use of the Bayfield Town Hall, subject matter, fees and execution in early Spring, with the six-week series to commence this summer.
Squirrel would like to encourage everyone to please pass this on to friends and family who may be interested in delivering an interesting subject, or has organizational skills to help manage this new group.
Interested “learners” are asked to stay tuned to the Bayfield Breeze for further announcements.
Wednesday afternoons at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building people gather to enjoy some friendly games of bridge.
The group welcomes new players to join. The cards will be dealt starting at 1 p.m.
Bayfield Farmers' Market
The Bayfield Farmers’ Market invites vendor applications for the 2019 season.
The market is held in Bayfield’s Clan Gregor Square every Friday, 3-7 p.m. from May 17 to Oct. 11.
Vendors must live within 75 KM of Bayfield. They also need to grow, produce or create the products they sell at the market. Deadline for applications is March 15.
Application forms can be obtained by emailing market manager Mary Brown at email@example.com or contacting her through the market’s Facebook page. All applications will be reviewed by the Bayfield Farmers’ Market board of directors.